"The storm they are worried about may never happen. Indeed there is a 99.99 per cent chance of it never happening. Article by David Lewis published in the Ham & High 26 January 2012.
PROTECT THE HAMPSTEAD HEATH PONDS
ARCHIVE PAGES FROM THE CAMPAIGN: 2011-2013
AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND MISALLOCATION OF RESOURCES
"In a world of many deserving causes and insufficient capital to fund them, this must be the very apotheosis of a misallocation of scarce financial resources; the highest flying expression of health and safety neurosis; an investment that gives no return; a subvention from the public charitable purse into the tills of the consultancy engineering business." Letter to Ham & High 14 August 2011
DAM IDEA IS INDEFENSIBLE
"I burst out laughing when I read the headline to Michael Welbank's article ("How bosses ensure that all your views are heard", 10 November). Yes it is true that the City of London likes to carry out consultations. But it is much less happy to take the slightest bit of notice of what those consulted say"
HEATH BOSSES IGNORE CRITICS OVER DAMS
FLOODING RISK IS EXAGGERATED
"The City continues to distribute exagerated and misleading information about its intentions and the reasons behind them. Lettert to Ham & High 29 December 2011
"The last time someone in this country was killed in a reservoir burst was 1925. In an average year 2,500 people will be killed in road accidents, 1,000 suicides and a similar number of accidental poisonings. Several hundred will die from medical negligence and from assault. And that's every year, not 1 in 10,000 years."
RESERVOIRS OF DOUBT
"I am disturbed by the proposals which appear to be taken as a fait accompli, to build new dams around the Heath ponds. The risk of serious flooding, 1% in 100 years, is extraordinarily low. The risk of damage by constructing these dams, to one of the few remaining relatively natural environments in London, is far greater than this miniscule risk. Letter to Ham & High by Dr Alison Assiter 14 April 2011
ALARMIST TALK FROM THE CITY
MINOR WORKS MAJOR IMPACT
CHARMING VIEW TO BE RUINED
BEST TO IGNORE THE DOOM MONGERS
PONDS PLANS CRITICISED
THE STORM WHICH MAY NEVER HAPPEN
BIRD SANCTUARY PROPOSALS WILL ERODE WILDLIFE
The Heath flood prevention scheme reports read like the script of one of those ghastly global warming disaster movies where a tidal wave destroys everything in its path. This was the first time the Ponds issue was publicised and unfortunately three years later the City of London's attitude is unchanged. This amusing but tragic article says it all.
SOCIETY WILL NOT COMPROMISE
TOO SOON TO CELEBRATE
VESTED INTERESTS PUSH FOR DAMS
NOT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE
ENGINEER PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE MEASURES
CITY REQUEST FAILS
LORD HOFFMAN'S ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC MEETING
THE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
WHAT THEY DID IN WALES - A SAD STORY
WHAT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BOSS SAYS